For many women, experiencing nausea is part of pregnancy that it is often shaken off as something that a pregnant woman should not worry about. Nothing could be further from the truth. A pregnant woman should not think that nausea is never a cause for worry because it is during the whole pregnancy that a woman and her baby need optimum nourishment and nutrition. If nausea is a hurdle for both mom-to-be and her baby neither will get the proper nutrition and nourishment so needed. Complications arising from lack of both can seriously impact the delivery and compromise the health and safety of mother and child. That’s something to think about. If you’re an expectant mother and this is your first time to have a baby, wouldn’t you be more than concerned that nausea is causing havoc in your pregnancy? You have got to eat no matter what – that’s the plain and simple truth.
Say no to nausea taking over your pregnancy by taking these suggestions into consideration:
- Accept that you will become nauseous at some point. Your body is undergoing massive hormonal changes that will make you averse to certain foods and smells. The sooner you accept this fact, the sooner you can prepare for it. Work with your OB-GYN on natural means of letting the feeling pass so you can properly deal with the nausea when it hits. Never let your OB-GYN or pre-natal doctor tell you to eat when you feel like it until the feeling of nausea is over. This feeling can last for more than three months so what will happen to you and your baby if you wait until this feeling passes? This is not an option for you. A great OB-GYN or pre-natal doctor should care about you enough to not tell you such rubbish.
- Always keep your sugar level… LEVEL. Doctors are still baffled by what exactly causes nausea in pregnant women but what they do know is that aside from massive hormonal changes, dips in blood sugar levels make nausea worse. So if you don’t eat, the worse it will be when waves of nausea hit. To help you maintain sugar level, keep crackers, natural fruit juice, and fruits in your lunch box always ready for consumption.
- Avoid skipping meals. When you are nauseous, it would be a Herculean task to even attempt a morsel of food. This is perfectly understandable. However, for the sake of your unborn child, try your mightiest to take something when it’s time to eat which means 3 square meals and light snacks in between. Keep your meals healthy.
- Steer clear of greasy fast food. French fries, cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and bacon are so tempting, isn’t it? Thank your lucky stars your body automatically stops craving these upon conception. Rare is the woman who likes the smell of fried food when pregnant but if you are the exception here, you can indulge a little bit but only if your OB-GYN or doctor says you can (and also when she says so “within limitation.”).
- Eat before hunger reminds you. Anticipated eating is something you can do even before your body tells you that you are hungry. This will dramatically bring down episodes of nausea and lets you keep the food down where it belongs. Try eating every 4 hours sticking to protein and carbohydrate during these meals.
- Brush your teeth and gargle with mouthwash after throwing up. You’ve had an episode of nausea making you throw up. Don’t let another one hit you. Prevent this by brushing your teeth and gargling with mouthwash to rid the smell and aftertaste of “hurl” in your mouth. You can also chomp down on an apple – nature’s toothbrush – if these two oral care items are not within reach.
These suggestions will help you prevent the frequency of the episodes but it won’t cure you of nausea. Just hang in there and let it pass because it will after some time.